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As you probably already know, I have a very big crush on a certain ultra stylish wedding website (Style Me Pretty). Abby, Elaine and all the girls at SMP are my kind of people – also obsessed with details and pretty things. So I was absolutely delighted to be a part of their new feature called the “Inspiration to Reality Challenge.” I love the whole concept and how it works! Each region puts together a team of fantastic wedding vendors, then they choose an inspiration board designed by one of SMP’s readers and put their creative juices together to bring it all to life.

I’m beyond excited to share some photos from the Inspiration to Reality shoot that our Las Vegas team put together – and that it’s a 4-part feature on the front page of Style Me Pretty this weekend!

Our shoot took place at one of my FAVORITE ceremony and reception locations here Vegas, the gorgeous Springs Preserve! I loved how the blues popped against the warm desert backdrop. And our model bride, Gabi looked stunning with hair & makeup all done up by Allyson, Lauren & Monet at Las Vegas Style Sirens.


The Vera Wang gown provided by Dawn at Couture Bride Salon was THE perfect fit. And the whole look and style was a great match for the vintage aviation theme Tracey (of Your Las Vegas Wedding Concierge) came up with based off the movie The Aviator.

I first saw this dress on Gabi a couple weeks before the shoot. A bunch of us girls were hanging out in the bridal salon while Dawn was trying different dresses on Gabi. It was too funny because it was almost as if we were her bridesmaids. When she came out with this gown on there was one big synchronized “Oohh!” It was definitely THE ONE.

The ensemble was topped off by Stella & Dot Jewelry from stylist Carrie Hogan and a fantastic blue veil from MUMO hair accessories.


style-me-pretty-wedding-shoot-springs-preserve-las-vegas-3Jesus (our groom – who also happens to be the Catering Manager at Springs Preserve) was looking pretty darn sharp as well.

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las VegasStyle Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las Vegas

Details, details, details – I was definitely lovin’ all the eye candy! From the amazing feather bouquet by Emplume, the totally unique cakelets by Kristen at Gimme Some Sugar (SO love this idea to have multiple smaller cakes rather than one main one, or in addition to the main one), signature drink by Dress the Drink, peacock chair decor by Wildflower Linens, beautiful centerpiece by Randi at Naakiti Floral, the invitations that arrive in a vintage steamer trunk by Tifany at Gourmet Invitations, and so much more!

Style Me Pretty | Invitation by Gourmet Invitations

Gimme Some Sugar | Wedding Cakes | Las Vegas, NV"The Plume" Signature Drink by Dress the Drink

Be sure to hit up Style Me Pretty to see a ton more images in the 4-part feature! Here’s the links:

Style Me Pretty Shoot | Springs Preserve in Las VegasAnd I saved the best for last….

Here’s the behind the scenes video created by my incredibly talented other-half, Jayse!


BIG shout out and thanks to everyone that helped make this shoot a reality!! It was a blast working with such an awesome team people. :-)

Last month I was interviewed and filmed photographing Christina and Randy‘s trash the dress out at the Neon Boneyard for a Vegas feature that will air on the European television channel, ZDF German TV. Here’s a behind the scenes action shot of me and the paparazzi (thanks to Jayse):

ZDF German TV Feature: Behind the scenes

And a little sneak peak of the shoot…

TTD: Christina and Randy

Boneyard TTD: Christina and Randy

More to come!!

I exhibited in my very first bridal show last weekend!

You may have noticed a slowdown in blog posts (or maybe you hadn’t) because the week prior was a bit crazy trying to get everything ready in time. It was all worth it in the end, and the show was an absolute blast!

It didn’t win any fancy awards, but with all the hard work I still wanted to share a little about what we did to make it:  First, Jayse started by designing everything in 3D to give us a visual of the space and how it would all come together (which of course, looked awesome on the screen). But then came the hard part… actually making it ‘in real life’.  Luckily, we’re blessed with amazing friends. Christina and Randy (who you might recognize from here) came over several nights to help shop, paint, drill, and pull everything together. I honestly don’t know how we would have pulled it off (and retained our sanity) without them. So, major major thanks to them!

Now for some photos! Here’s the guys working hard while Christina keeps Bella company from her safe viewing spot on the staircase. Check out Randy’s ‘tough-guy’ pose.

 Making of my bridal show booth!

And some more of Jayse hard at work on my sign:

 Making of my bridal show booth!

Mom and my brother Andrew helped transport the booth as Jayse and I kept our fingers crossed from the car behind. (It was a long ride there!)

 Making of my bridal show booth!

Then, at last, it all came together with a nice warm glow.

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I think the simplicity and difference of it attracted people in. It was a great show and a lot of fun! Now I can say I know what goes into exhibiting at a trade show: It’s a lot more work than I thought! But with all the positive response I got, very well worth it!